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blended also blent ˈblent How to pronounce blend (audio) ; blending

transitive verb

: mix
especially : to combine or associate so that the separate constituents or the line of demarcation cannot be distinguished
: to prepare by thoroughly intermingling different varieties or grades

intransitive verb

: to mingle intimately or unobtrusively
: to combine into an integrated whole
: to produce a harmonious effect
blendable adjective


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: something produced by blending: such as
: a product prepared by blending
: a word (such as brunch) produced by combining other words or parts of words
: a group of two or more consecutive consonants that begin a syllable
Choose the Right Synonym for blend

mix, mingle, commingle, blend, merge, coalesce, amalgamate, fuse mean to combine into a more or less uniform whole.

mix may or may not imply loss of each element's identity.

mix the salad greens
mix a drink

mingle usually suggests that the elements are still somewhat distinguishable or separately active.

fear mingled with anticipation in my mind

commingle implies a closer or more thorough mingling.

a sense of duty commingled with a fierce pride drove her

blend implies that the elements as such disappear in the resulting mixture.

blended several teas to create a balanced flavor

merge suggests a combining in which one or more elements are lost in the whole.

in his mind reality and fantasy merged

coalesce implies an affinity in the merging elements and usually a resulting organic unity.

telling details that coalesce into a striking portrait

amalgamate implies the forming of a close union without complete loss of individual identities.

refugees who were readily amalgamated into the community

fuse stresses oneness and indissolubility of the resulting product.

a building in which modernism and classicism are fused

Examples of blend in a Sentence

Verb The music blends traditional and modern melodies. She blends psychology and crime in her new novel. Noun a blend of cream and eggs a blend of traditional and modern melodies
Recent Examples on the Web
He's blended those roles over the past year by presenting himself to supporters, on the campaign trail and on social media, as a target of politically motivated prosecutions designed to derail his candidacy. Jennifer Peltz,, 16 Apr. 2024 Here the refreshing fruit is blended with red wine vinegar to make a shrub. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2024 The rise of digital nomadism has redefined the concept of work, blending the lines between living and laboring. William Mullane, Journal Sentinel, 11 Apr. 2024 Hosted by an instructor and a technical expert from the Manufacture, the workshops are limited to just eight participants and blend theory with hands-on experiences. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 10 Apr. 2024 Where to snag them Here are the five Louisville bars that made the list: Neat Bourbon Bar + Bottle Shop 1139 Bardstown Road Danielle Elder and Owen Powell opened Neat Bourbon Bar + Bottle Shop to blend their bourbon expertise and passion for vintage things, the website states. The Courier-Journal, 9 Apr. 2024 Other opinions blend the personal and the political. Gary Shteyngart, The Atlantic, 4 Apr. 2024 The Houston rager used his creative vision to blend the worlds of collegiate sports with streetwear for a merchandise run that includes snapback hats, hoodies, T-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, crewnecks and backpacks. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2024 Aesthetics and Design: Aesthetically pleasing designs that blend seamlessly with your workspace decor elevate your office environment's overall look and feel. Bethany Braun-Silva, ABC News, 3 Apr. 2024
The two core expressions are Finest Blended, a blend of malt and grain whiskies, and Small Batch, a blend of malt whiskies that were aged in bourbon, sherry, and mizunara barrels. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 17 Apr. 2024 Formulated with a nourishing blend of crosslinked hyaluronic acid to up the ante on hydration, plus a tripeptide complex, antioxidant-rich carnosine, and alteromonas ferment extracts, which have water-binding properties. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 17 Apr. 2024 Avoid powders that contain herbal blends and adaptogens or other additives that may not be safe to consume during pregnancy. Alexandra Paetow Ms Rdn, Parents, 15 Apr. 2024 The promise could be a blend of fiction and a little fact, Tripp said. Cameron MacDonald, The Mercury News, 15 Apr. 2024 Curated using data from past seasons, Max is a blend of all the show's former participants, displayed as a 26-year-old veterinary intern from the Midwest. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2024 Spanish chorizo can be mild or spicy and is a blend of meat, paprika and other spices. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 And demand is picking up as the spring driving season gears up and producers are switching to more expensive summer blends. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 10 Apr. 2024 This smoothie is made with bananas, wild blueberries, apple blueberry juice blend, white grape lemon juice blend, protein blend, and blue spirulina (a nutrient-dense superfood made from blue-green algae). Anna Halkidis, Parents, 5 Apr. 2024

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Word History



Middle English, probably from Old Norse blend-, present stem of blanda to mix; akin to Old English blandan to mix, Lithuanian blandus impure, cloudy

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blend was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Blend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to mix thoroughly so that the things mixed cannot be recognized
: to shade into each other : merge
: harmonize sense 2
furniture that blends with the draperies


2 of 2 noun
: a thorough mixture
: a product (as coffee) prepared by blending

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